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The aim of Anthroposophic Medicine is to strengthen the whole constitution of the sick patient. A person’s active involvement in their own healing brings resolve and one’s spiritual self into the process.
There are many Anthroposophic therapeutic modalities practiced including Anthroposophic Nursing, Eurythmy Therapy, Anthroposophic Speech Therapy, Anthroposophic Painting Therapy, Spacial Dynamics, Anthroposophic Music Therapy, Anthroposophic Psychology, and Rhythmical Massage.
Anthroposophic Nursing forms the social envelope and creates the condition in day-to-day life for health to be maintained, and for the therapy to be able to work. In nursing care, the intention is to become acquainted with the whole patient and perceive the patient in his or her physical, psychological and spiritual being. A caring bond is developed, which aims at developing a personal, accompanying, and mediating relationship with the patient. Included as a fundamental need of all human beings in all situations is warmth— warmth of body, warmth of soul and warmth of spirit.
Eurythmy Therapy is a movement therapy whereby the patient is guided to learn and practice archetypal gestures and movements that are adapted to the diseased organ or process. Through this work, life-giving forces are called forth to awaken the patient’s healing capacities, to bring back balance and well-being.
Anthroposophic Speech Therapy, also known as Creative Speech, is an artistic discipline that has a strong impact as a therapeutic modality. Steiner says, “All healing forces have their origin in the human breathing system.” We form the breath with the sounds of speech, and each sound activates a particular aspect of the healing forces within us. As the breath carries our voice into the world, we have the opportunity to express what lives deep within us and harmonize our relationship with the surrounding world.
Anthroposophic Painting Therapy seeks to lead individuals through guided artistic exercises, toward a more balanced state. Dynamic watercolor, wet-on-wet painting can offer extraordinary therapeutic benefits. This guided process has a dissolving, loosening and freeing effect upon the older person. It brings color, warmth, light and fluid movement through the water. As colors blend, new ones magically appear, and there is an experience of joy in this process.
Spacial Dynamics envisions the moving human being as a fluid continuum of body, space and awareness. A key objective of the Spacial Dynamics exercises is to cultivate the sense of self-movement, with a strong emphasis on fostering the experience of the counter movement. There is a restorative quality of the rhythmical techniques. They weave together and integrate what was separate, and help a person move forward with greater ability towards a healthier whole.
Anthroposophic Music Therapy involves the intentional use of the elements of music such as melody, harmony, rhythm, tone, interval, human voice and musical instruments to support and balance the four aspects of the human being: ego, astral, etheric and physical bodies. This is different from current music therapy practices that focus primarily on motivation and calming. Therapy can range from overall musical experiences to more refined and prescriptive therapy to address specific imbalances.
Anthroposophic Psychology approaches the realm of counseling psychology with the understanding that the human being is composed of body, soul and spirit. The psychologist and the patient work toward developing a deeper understanding of the nature and potential of each human life. Through studying an individual’s biography, and exploring one’s accomplishments and challenges, an awareness is possible of the steps one needs to take for a healthier movement into the future.
Rhythmical Massage uses hand movements with a gentle, rhythmical touch to support warmth, rhythm and breathing in the human being. An important aspect of rhythmical massage is the promotion of levity through the lifting of the tissue, in contrast to pressing down on the tissue forcefully. It supports the rhythmic processes in the human being to promote healing.
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